Lesufi: Over 6,000 placed in Gauteng schools for 2017
The department says its received over 200,000 applications since it launched the online system.
JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department says over 6,000 pupils between grade one and eight have been placed in schools around the province for the 2017 academic year.
Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi yesterday provided an update on the online registration process.
He said that his department was working to place all children in various schools across the province by September.
"Almost 6,534 learners have happy parents now who can now buy school uniform. That's a first in the history of our education system that parents can appropriately budget now for the things they need."
Lesufi said that his department had received over 18,000 applications from parents who reside outside the province.
Parents will now be sent an automated SMS to inform them at which schools their children have been accepted.
The department said that schools in the Tshwane region had received the highest number of applications for the 2017 academic year.
It also identified five schools which are under pressure, three of which are in Pretoria.
Lesufi said that these schools had received over 1,500 applications.
"The top five schools are St John Adams, Mondeo High [in the south of Johannesburg], followed by Pretoria Boys High, Afrikaans Hoer Seunskool and the last one is Laerskool Theresa Park."